Paramount Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic is dedicated to providing the general public with physical therapy interventions with an emphasis on manual therapy. Our treatment approach incorporates education, exercise, manual therapy, modalities and acupuncture, in order to effectively and efficiently reintegrate individuals into sport and regular activities of daily life. Our staff is committed to actively working in a partnership with the patient to ensure a positive rehabilitation experience while maintaining the highest quality of services provided.
We will be recognized as one of the best in manual therapy based treatment in the Brampton community for years to come. Our clinic will establish itself as the facility of choice for athletes, insurance companies, physicians and residents of Northwest Brampton. We will be at the cutting edge of manual therapy and continue to be heavily involved in community events establishing ourselves as an important part of the Brampton community. We will work to ensure that residents of Brampton are aware of what physiotherapy is and the services we can provide them.
A Buddhist proverb says, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
We all experience occasional aches and pains, but if you are experiencing more extreme and on-going pain due to an injury, an illness, a disability, a long-term medical condition, or a serious strain, then you shouldn’t have to continue to suffer. The right treatment may be physiotherapy, which has been proven effective in helping many people improve body movement, manage pain, and recover back to optimal health. Additionally, physiotherapy can improve on-going health and prevent further injury.
Physiotherapy is the science of caring for human health and wellbeing by treating injury, disease and body disorders through physical methods, instead of medication. Physical methods include exercise, massage, and manipulation. This form of treatment is used for multiple reasons including injury, illness and aging. It is often used as a key part of the recovery process from a surgical procedure. The aim is to improve quality of life, restore function and to alleviate pain for people of all ages.
Physiotherapy (or physical therapy) helps a person get back to full strength and fluid movement in parts of the body after an injury, illness or surgery. It is also used to treat pain caused by bad posture or a serious disease like arthritis. Treatment can include continuing personal efforts including the use of bikes or treadmills, at-home exercise and exercise in a swimming pool.
How Do Physiotherapists Treat Pain?
A physiotherapist (or PT) is a highly trained health professional whose function is to help people achieve and maintain good health as well as to manage pain and prevent disease. He or she has an advanced degree in physical therapy and must be licensed by the state in order to practice. The physical therapy process requires a patient’s involvement in their own care, with treatments, exercise and lifestyle counseling. A physiotherapist will:
- Review each patient’s medical history to understand their condition and needs.
- Diagnose the patient’s body function and movement.
- Develop an individual plan of treatment and care.
- Use physical methods to implement the care plan including hands-on manipulation therapy, stretching, various exercise and electronic stimulation equipment and training with movement assist devices such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
- Evaluate and record each patient’s progress, including any needed modifications to the care plan.
- Provide information to the patient and to care givers so they understand the care plan, recovery time and any issues along the way.
Physiotherapy is effective for injuries or impairments to the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. Doctors will often prescribe physical therapy before turning to more serious surgical remedies.
Physiotherapists work in a variety of situations with hospitals and clinics being the most common, but also include community health centers, rehabilitation centers and even some fitness centers. They can work along with other healthcare providers to provide a comprehensive approach to physical rehabilitation and personal health.
When Should I See a Physiotherapist?
You can benefit from physiotherapy at many times in your life! To address many short-term pains, medications may be the answer. But for long term improved health and pain relief, physical therapy may be the best option.
How Do I Know That I May Need Physiotherapy?
- You have lost your balance. PT can design a series of head, neck and eye exercises to retrain your central nervous system to compensate for inner ear problems.
- You feel pain with sitting at your desk all day. Stretching and movement exercises will overcome the muscle and joint strain that cause the pain.
- You have constant pain. Your physiotherapist will diagnose the issue and design a treatment program that will treat the pain.
- You notice that you have some movement difficulty. The physiotherapist will create a series of exercises to address the issues and to strengthen the tissues and relax the muscles in order to improve your flexibility and improve regular motion.
- You have uncontrollable urination. Pelvic exercises may be prescribed to counteract bodily stress incontinence.
What Specific Types of Injury Situations are Treated by Physiotherapists?
- Sports injuries, for ‘weekend warriors’ and for high-level athletes
- Accidental injuries, including vehicle accidents and workplace accidents such as slips and falls
- Pregnancy, with its impacts on posture including back, sacrum and hip pain
- Bone ailments including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Weight management
- Pre and post-operative care
- Breast health
- Preventive care and positive health exercise programs
What Medical Issues do Physiotherapists Treat & How?
While a physical therapy expert may treat a number of injuries, there are certain areas that physiotherapists may specialize in.
There are three categories of injuries that are well-treated by physiotherapists:
- This includes such conditions as back pain, arthritis, muscle strains, sprains, incontinence, posture problems, bursitis, accidents and sports injuries.
- This includes treatments involving the nervous system including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, and rehabilitation after neurological surgeries.
- This includes treatments for cardio-respiratory issues including asthma, serious bronchitis and emphysema.
Treatments for these issues can involve:
- Manual treatments, including joint manipulation and massage, resistance methods and stretching programs.
- Exercise programs that are tailored to the specific needs.
- Electrotherapy to stimulate nerves, along with treatments such as laser therapy and ultrasound.
10 Reasons Why You Can Benefit from PT
While there are numerous benefits to a physical therapy program, below we’ve highlighted several of the most common.
Consider these significant benefits of physiotherapy:
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Improve your mobility
- Avoid surgery
- Recover from a surgery
- Recover from an accident
- Prevent a sports injury
- Improve your balance
- Manage diabetes and vascular conditions
- Manage the issues of aging, including arthritis, joint replacement and osteoporotic conditions
- Manage the issues of heart and lung disease
How Long is a Physical Therapy Session?
The short answer is “that depends.” We, however, DO NOT require a requisition from a doctor to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are primary care givers and so not need a doctors referral to treat, however extended health insurance companies may require one in order to reimburse you for any costs you have incurred. You can check your coverage by calling your extended health care representative.
Your First Visit
On your first visit, your physical therapist will review your needs, examine your medical history and begin a diagnosis. You’ll want to dress with loose-fitting clothing and sneakers so your therapist can easily assess your range of motion, flexibility and strength. Based on the PT’s assessment and your primary doctor’s recommendations, the therapist will determine a treatment plan. Many times, the treatment plan will start during your first visit. Expect your first visit to last longer than 60 minutes.
Based on your treatment plan, you may have ongoing sessions from one to several times each week, lasting from 30-60 minutes per session. In addition, you’ll have your own exercises to do at home.
Start Now to Feel Better
You can choose to live better and become more pain free by choosing to see a physiotherapist!